Egypt deports British-Lebanese TV host Liliane Daoud for criticizing government
Liliane Daoud was escorted to the terminal by security officers without any luggage. (copts-united.com)
An outspoken Lebanese broadcaster was deported from Egypt on Monday hours after the cancellation of her programme on one of the last prominent outlets for dissent on Egyptian television, according to media reports.
Sources at the Cairo airport said Liliane Daoud was escorted to the terminal by security officers without any luggage.
Daoud had been arrested at home hours after her contract with television channel OnTV was terminated, local news site Mada Masr reported quoting her lawyer Zyad Elelaimy.
Officers gave Daoud no explanation for her arrest, refused to allow her to make any phone calls and left her 10-year old daughter alone in the house when they took her away, Elelaimy told Mada Masr.
OnTV was recently purchased by pro-regime steel tycoon Ahmed Abu Hashima.
Egyptian authorities have cracked down on dissent since President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, then the head of the armed forces, ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly Islamists but also secular opposition activists, are thought to have been arrested or prosecuted since then.
Dissident voices have vanished from the airwaves. Egypt was the world's second-worst jailer of journalists at the end of 2015, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, with 23 behind bars.